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    Fire at House of Scrimshaw

    Thanks for the photos - a rehab of that building (and the one across the pedestrian way, ahem) has been long overdue. Now if the city would actually maintain Long Wharf Mall itself and keep it from crumbling apart... Rumor has it that two new stores are opening up in that building on Long Wharf - Coldwater Creek in the old Pier 1 location, and J. Crew in the old (and I think, rather small) Spardello's location, if I have it right. The Daily News alluded to it in today's paper, but the city says that neither Coldwater Creek nor J. Crew have registered with the city, as all new stores must. So it looks like Long Wharf North will have some significant changes coming up... I know it wasn't addressed in the Taylor and Partners report from 2004, but I wonder if anyone has considered turning Upper Thames into a pedestrian-only (or pedestrian-priority/no through traffic) street during the busiest summer days and routing the traffic down Marlborough (or eventually, through Long Wharf?) to America's Cup instead. Seems as if that would make it a very pleasant shopping street, a la Bannister's Wharf, which is itself a pedestrian-priority street. I know saying "pedestrian mall" makes everyone think of Long Wharf Mall and shriek in pain, but Bannister's provides a great model that might work well on Upper Thames on the busiest days. Besides, it might make the traffic a bit smoother by removing the need for that stoplight in front of the Harbor Hotel where Upper Thames traffic merges onto America's Cup southbound.
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    Fire at House of Scrimshaw

    Thanks for the photos. The way this is shaping up is nice - good urban infill development, unlike what happened to the Old Salvation Army site on Broadway. What a shame that was to that street's street wall. Chico's got its makeover after its upper floor was damaged by the House of Scrimshaw fire. PS: Would you mind taking photos of the Long Wharf changes?
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    Newport Summer Forum Meeting?

    Sounds cool to me! Good idea, Cotuit...Maybe a guest speaker/tour guide would be nice?
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    The 40 Steps

    From the Daily News:
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    Providence/RI Photo of the day - by Garris

    Can you really see the Prov skyline from Tiverton? Isn't Bristol in the way? There's a great distant view of the skyline from Portsmouth Abbey. If you get the chance to go to the Abbey campus itself (which is up on a hill above the Bay, so there's a better vantage point), or at least the bottom of Cory's Lane, you can see straight up the bay. Someone with a great zoom lens might have some luck getting interesting shots from down there.
  6. I think it's great that the DOT is finally closing up the suicide median lanes and installing U-Turns. But are they ever going to turn 1/138 into a trumpet interchange, so there isn't so much weaving on Route 1 south at the on- and off-ramps?
  7. I saw that construction the other day, too. Technically, that interchange is the junction of Routes 1 and 138, so I don't know if it is receiving part of the $4m earmarked for Route 4. From what I can deduce, the interchange improvements are part of the plan to close off the median turning/suicide lanes on Route 1 and install turnarounds (Jersey-style jughandles or otherwise). They may be completing the interchange so it can be used as a turnaround. This is just my guess. Anyone know the official story? I haven't seen any press on this.
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    Thinking about moving to Providence?

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    Providence Resources

    Okay, because I am a local trivia dork, here goes... "Gaspee" has two "e's." But that's a minor point. The White Horse Tavern in Newport is the oldest tavern building in America. The building began as a tavern, and is currently a tavern, but has not always been a tavern. So it can't claim to be "the oldest continuously operating tavern in America." I think that claim to fame belongs to the Union Oyster House in Boston, though I am not sure. Another fun fact: The Newport Mercury, currently one of Newport's two alternative weeklies, is one of (if not the) oldest newspaper in America. It began in 1758 and the only time it ceased publication was while Newport was occupied by the British during the revolution. The Hartford Courant also claims this distinction. The Newport County CVB has a whole list of "Newport firsts" here.